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  • Step Grandparent Standing to bring a Custody Action

    A step-grandparent or grandparent has standing to bring a petition for physical and legal custody of a grandchild. If it is in the best interest of the childnot to be in the custody of either parent and if it is in the best interest of the child to be in the custody of the step-g...

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  • What is Common Law Marriage?

    In its simplest form, Common Law Marriage is a contract created between a man and a woman to be married. In Caddy v. Johnstown Firemen's Relief Asso. (1938) 129 Pa Super Ct 493, 196 A 590, the Supreme Court said: "In Pennsylvania, marriage is a civil contract, and does not requ...

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  • Changes in Circumstances May Warrant a Change in Custody

    Once established, the Court's are very unlikely to change an order granting primary physical custody to a party, unless there are substantial reasons to do so. By Attorney Jeffrey B. Engle, Esq, Managing Partner I recently had a case where some major changes had occurred in the...

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  • Pretextual Stops and the New Ban on Texting While Driving in PA

    Police have a new weapon in the war on drugs, drunk driving...distracted driving Police will undoubtedly be citing folks for 'Texting While Driving,' which will take effect in March 2012. This is a primary offense. Which means, police may pull you over to issue a ticket because i...

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  • File Sharing may lead to increased penalties for possession of Chilld Pornography

    The sentencing differential between possession of child pornography and distribution can be as many as 15 to 20 years File sharing software as a "default setting" stores numerous files, images, videos and documents in a 'shared directory.' The shared directory is accessible to...

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  • Preliminary Hearing 101

    It's important to have counsel for the preliminary hearing Once you've been cited or arrested for a crime, the next procedure you will face is the preliminary hearing. Once bail has been set, in the case of a misdemeanor or felony offense, you will be given a notice of when and...

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  • PA Paternity- A Proposed Multi-Factor Test

    Court decisions have left many questions on how and when paternity should be determined We have previously examined DNA testing for paternity, paternity by estoppel and presumptions of paternity. There may also be fraud and conduct inquiries to be made. Essentially, where a mot...

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  • Underage Drinking has a New Defense Against Portable Breathalyzer Tests ("PBT's")

    Portable Breath Test Devices ("PBT's") must be properly calibrated and tested for them to be admissible as evidence Concerts, parks, recreational activities, fireworks, boating and hiking brings folks outdoors in masses. Those masses also contain those who imbibe. Some of the f...

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  • Parole Violations in PA

    There are two basic types of parole violations- Technical and New Criminal Conduct This article explores the two basic types of parole violations and will discuss some minor details of each. Technical Violations Probation or parole may be revoked for a legitimate technical viol...

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  • Megan's Law Sentencing Issues- Lifetime Sentences for Multiple Convictions

    Changes to Megan's Law now subject offenders convicted of multiple offenses to lifetime registration Pursuant to changes made to Megan's Law, 42 Pa.C.S.A. Section 9795.1(b), enacted and amended in 2000 and subsequently amended in 2004, 2006, and 2008 the following individuals a...

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